Chelsea line up loan deal for Higuain
Chelsea are in talks to sign Gonzalo Higuain on loan until the end of the season – although Juventus would prefer to sell the striker.
The Argentine’s brother, Nicolas, who represents him, was in London yesterday to plan a move to the Premier League.
Chelsea will allow Alvaro Morata to go out on loan once they secure his replacement and Higuain is their first choice.
Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, has also been in London and Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Monaco are interested in the out-of-form Spain international.
The Higuain deal is being driven by Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri, who worked with him at Napoli before the forward made a controversial switch to Juventus, and regards him as the ideal solution to the club’s scoring problems.
Sarri would like to offer Higuain a permanent deal, which would cost in excess of £30million, but is aware of his club’s policy regarding players who are over 30. Chelsea tend to offer only one-year contracts and certainly would not want to pay such a substantial fee for a forward who turned 31 last month.
Higuain joined AC Milan on a season-long loan last summer but wants to cut short his time at San Siro to reunite with Sarri. He is due to be part of the Milan squad who face Sampdoria in the Italian Cup tomorrow and then travels to Saudi Arabia to play Juve in the Italian Super Cup.
AC Milan negotiated an option to pay £32million to sign Higuain at the end of his loan spell but it seems unlikely they will want to pursue that. Juventus would still require the same level of fee should Higuain move to Chelsea permanently.
Sarri, meanwhile, is unlikely to want to retain Michy Batshuayi for the remainder of this campaign despite the Belgian’s loan spell at Valencia being cut short. Everton are in need of a striker and are among several clubs interested in the out-of-favour 25-year-old.
Reunited: Gonzalo Higuain (left) could link up again with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea